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July 2017

She Tried It

Natural Deodorant | Does It Work?

How It All Started

I was having a conversation with one of my friends and she let it slip that she wasn’t wearing deodorant anymore. I was shocked and had endless questions.

She went on to explain that she was afraid that the aluminium in deodorant can cause either cancer (breast cancer being the biggest concern) or alzheimer’s disease – which both ran in her family – and she wasn’t willing to risk it. Wow. That took my breath away.

Days later, and intrigued, I picked up the phone to chat to another friend of mine who happens to be doctor. Without naming names we discussed the topic at great length. Her only comment? “A lot of people are choosing aluminium free deodorant or not to wear deodorant at all because people who practice natural medicine are pushing it. However there isn’t enough substantial scientific evidence to back it up”.

I would describe myself as a fairly confident person – but I am not confident enough to go completely without deodorant. So I decided to experiment with natural deodorant for five consecutive days.

Choosing the Natural Deodorant

Its funny how when you are looking for something, it’s suddenly all that you see  – everywhere!

Before doing this experiment – I was completely unaware of how competitive the natural deodorant market was. What was even more shocking was the price points! Prices varied from $10 – $90. Which can really sting (pun intended) especially for something that you’re just going to put under your armpits and keep it moving.

After looking at various options at various prices – I settled on Skin Natural Deodorant.

I mostly picked it because I was grocery shopping one day and randomly saw the deodorant at my local grocery store – Woolworths. That reminded me that I had not yet made a final decision. Also, I thought if it’s stocked at a major super store – you readers can trial out it out too.

How The Natural Deodorant Was Used:

For this experiment I applied the deodorant at 8am each day and put my nose to my armpits at 8pm each night. Sounds weird, but I wanted to make sure that I was judging the product in a consistent manner. “Setting controls”, as my Scientist husband would say.

Five Days Using Natural Deodorant | Breakdown

Day One – You know when you can actually smell yourself and you dread people coming near you because they might just get a whiff? Well..that was me. I had a really active day and this deodorant just didn’t hold up. I am not a sweater – so the smell was really an unwelcome surprise.

Day Two – I didn’t have much on as I spent most of the day in the office and was only really active at the end of the day. On this day my scent was still plain. Plain because there was no smell – just a scent of nothingness. If you are familiar with body odour –  this is a good thing.

Day Three – I had a fairly hectic morning with my toddler and forgot to wear deodorant completely. Funny thing is I was super active. When I remembered that I had not applied deodorant I became paranoid. When  gave myself the sniff test – I was alright – well my nostrils thought so.

Day Four – This was one of the colder days in the month – so I praised myself for choosing this time to test out this product. It was unusually hot in the office so I did have moments of sweating – but overall my scent at the end of the day was pleasant.

Day Five – My underarm skin was getting used to the natural deodorant. My underarm skin was looking smoother – a surprising benefit is that the discoloration seemed to be improving significantly!

Final Thoughts

Obviously since I have invested money in this product I am going to continue using it until it’s finished. If I am honest I have always thought that natural deodorants were for hippies (no offence) but this five day experiment has me convinced otherwise. I wont say I am completely converted but i am open to having it in my personal hygiene arsenal.

Obsessions

Infatuations | July 2017

In my free time  – which is rare – I like to shop online and put items I like in carts that I might eventually buy. Sometimes, these selected items make it home – other times they stay in the cart until they are sold out or I just get over them. Anyhow, I wanted to share with you the items that I am currently coveting.

Leather Snake Skin Boots

I first saw these when they came out priced at $259.95. I wanted them but being conscious of the money that I spend meant I was just going to ride it out. The wait has paid off and as you read this, these babies are on their way to me. I purchased them for 99.95 – you can’t wipe the smile off my face.

Wittner – $99.95 On Sale

Gucci T-shirt

I love the Vintage, weathered look and the Gucci Print on the front. It’s one of those pieces that I have imaged wearing in so many different ways.The real question is should I get black or white?

Gucci – $570

Leather Jacket

Keep an eye on my eBay page  – soon you will see that I am currently selling not one, not two, but three leather jackets. I am mostly getting rid of them because I feel like they are not flattering to my new shape as a mummy. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing because it means I am now back on the market for a leather jacket.

I have seen a few that I have lusted over here, here and here but this jacket from Wittner has my heart – again its heavily discounted it so I am seriously considering it. With matched black hardware, this jacket is a luxe investment in contemporary classic dressing.

Wittner – $229.95 On Sale

Statement Earrings

I go through phases with earrings. Sometimes I am really subtle, other times not so much. Right now I am really feeling statement earrings! Since they are cheap as chips and make one a BIG statement, I am purchasing two!

Lovisa – $29.95 (Fringe earrings)

In My Humble Opinion

4:44 | Album Release

Those who know me know that I have always loved music. Music has accompanied me through the highs and lows of life and often given me the inspiration to want more for myself and to do better.

When I heard that Jay – Z was going to release a new album, I wasn’t really sure how to feel. To me, the last album was mildly entertaining – it felt forced, i.e. a track titled Tom Ford. This release back in 2013 had me wondering – has he lost his touch?

As a long time fan of Jay – Z, I was looking for something different. In this new album, titled 4:44, he didn’t disappointment – he came out dropping word bombs! The subject matter is on-point and he seems to have matured. The album content is like an early Christmas present for people aged 30+ who are going through real life events – sexuality, marriage, babies, buying houses, cars, working 9- 5. His audience has grown and Jay Z talks right at us – offering game.

I believe in full disclosure – and if I am honest as I write this I haven’t even listened to the album. I tried to sign up to Tidal just so that I could listen to the album – but being the true hustler that is Jay – Z, he was ahead of us and blocked that ability. I guess that’s what we get for “not supporting black businesses” right? Apparently, there will be a mass release later on the week.

Thank God for social media! I have pretty much heard all of the songs on YouTube (not in their entirety, just snippets) so I have a rough idea of the beats and production. Without the ability to listen to the music, I turned my attention to the lyrics and boy oh boy are they JUICY! Reading the lyrics you get the sense that Jay – Z is at a point in his life where he just doesn’t care what anyone thinks – letting it all hang out there – on his terms.


The key messages I have taken away, just from reading and absorbing the lyrics, are:

Generational wealth. My husband and I often speak about this at home. The reason people of colour often have to start from scratch every time is because parents don’t have enough or do to survive their lifetime – often unable to give their children a head start. Yes, history is responsible for a lot of this, but what are we going to do in our present to ensure that our kids’ future is different? Better education, Investing money for long-term gain etc.

That elevator incident? Solange whooped Jay – Z’s ass because he cheated (or was cheating) on Beyonce. On the album Jay – Z publicly apologises – they have moved on and as spectators I guess we need to move on too (yikes, the Beyhive will be mad as hell).

Like most of us, Jay isn’t feeling the new Kanye. We want the old Kanye, the soulful Kanye.

In the album his mother comes out as a lesbian and he supports her. Hip – hop is notorious for discriminating those that choose to have same-sex relationships – as a hip-hop heavyweight highlighting this subject matter in a positive light is important.


That’s all that I could get my head around for now, without having a listening party in my car as I commute to and from work. I just can’t wait until this album is widely available! Ten songs, thirty – six minutes long and full of loaded content. 4:44 is black art that will take a long time to be fully dissected.

One other thing – before I sign off,  I feel like I need to apologise to Beyonce. I have always been a massive fan of her – until ironically she released Lemonade. Back then, I thought she had become a sellout. A sell out because I thought she had created this fictional story of infidelity in her marriage to sell records. Jay – Z’s release of 4:44 proves otherwise. I am sure I am not the only one who is listening to “Lemonade” with a new found appreciation.

Marriage is hard – you and your spouse need to be reading the same book, on the same page, turning to read the next chapter in unison. Above all, it is nice to see a black family who, against all odds, remained strong and most importantly, together.